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  • 27th June 2003

    A federal judge has been asked to remove Fulton County and some of its cities from a lawsuit brought last October that accused the county and 10 cities of violating inmates' right to counsel.

    Stephen Bright, director of the Southern Center for Human Rights, asked U.S. Judge Clarence Cooper on Thursday to dismiss Fulton County, Atlanta, Roswell and Mountain Park from the lawsuit.

    Last year, the Supreme Court ruled that lawyers had to be provided in any case where a defendant faced the possibility of incarceration and not only when a felony is involved.

  • 23rd July 2005

    GULFPORT - A federal lawsuit claims the City of Gulfport and its Municipal Court have created a modern-day debtors' prison.

    The lawsuit, filed Thursday, alleges the city and court officials have abused their authority by putting indigent people in jail for failure to pay misdemeanor fines. It also alleges a special unit of police officers "troll the streets," primarily in predominantly black neighborhoods, looking for people who have past-due court fines.

    The civil lawsuit represents only one side of a complaint.

  • 3rd August 2005

    GULFPORT - Mayor Brent Warr has promised to correct problems that have earned Gulfport Municipal Court the reputation of being "the worst in the state."

    In comments at an NAACP meeting Tuesday night, Warr responded to allegations of illegal practices in city court by pledging fairness to all, to include indigent people who can't afford to pay misdemeanor fines within 30 days.

  • 27th August 2005

    Wthin weeks of taking office, Gulfport Mayor Brent Warr has demonstrated an admirable willingness to correct what appears to be a long-standing complaint with the city's Municipal Court - without being dragged into federal court. And just as admirably, those who have leveled the justifiable criticism at the Municipal Court have demonstrated a willingness to work with the mayor and city officials.

  • 23rd January 2006

    Last July, a homeless man named Hubert Lindsey was stopped by police officers in Gulfport, Miss., for riding his bicycle without a light. The police soon discovered that Lindsey was a wanted man. Gulfport records showed he owed $4,780 in old fines. So, off to jail he went.

  • 1st February 2007

    GULFPORT - The Southern Center for Human Rights is dismissing its "debtors' prison" lawsuit against the city today, according to officials.

    In a letter to Jeffrey Bruni with the city attorney's office obtained Wednesday by the Sun Herald, SCHR attorney Sarah Geraghty writes the city has remedied most of the issues introduced in the lawsuit Thomas v. City of Gulfport, which was filed in 2005 in conjunction with the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund.

  • 4th June 2002

    In New York City and many other large cities across the country, the law requires that anyone arrested for a misdemeanor go before a judge, with a lawyer, within 24 or 48 hours.

    In Atlanta, Tony Barlow, 45, was released on Thursday after 11 days in the Fulton County jail on charges of shoplifting two greeting cards from a supermarket and resisting arrest. During that time, Mr. Barlow, who was unable to make his $1,000 bond, did not see a lawyer and was not assigned a court date.

  • 27th June 2003

    A federal judge has been asked to remove Fulton County and some of its cities from a lawsuit brought last October that accused the county and 10 cities of violating inmates' right to counsel.

    Stephen Bright, director of the Southern Center for Human Rights, asked U.S. Judge Clarence Cooper on Thursday to dismiss Fulton County, Atlanta, Roswell and Mountain Park from the lawsuit.

    Last year, the Supreme Court ruled that lawyers had to be provided in any case where a defendant faced the possibility of incarceration and not only when a felony is involved.

  • 5th May 2005

    Alabama's prison medical provider is losing $1.2 million from the state because it has not provided enough doctors and nurses to state prisons.

    Prison Health Services has not fulfilled minimal contract requirements that call for a certain number of doctors, nurses, administrators and support staff. The company is not being fined, Department of Corrections spokesman Brian Corbett said, but DOC will not have to pay $1.2 million of its contract.

  • 19th February 2005

    The state hasn't kept its agreement to improve its medical care to HIV inmates at Limestone Correctional Facility, say attorneys for inmate plaintiffs.

    Attorneys with the Southern Center for Human Rights filed a contempt motion Friday, alleging that the prison has done little in the eight months since the settlement to ensure adequate medical care for the HIV-positive men housed there.

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